Sleeping in Airports

Bilbao Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or are just quickly passing through, our Bilbao Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

A man saw me and asked me if I was thinking to sleep there, and informed me that the airport close at night I had to go out. – k1k

BIO Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Bilbao Airport.

What to Expect

The passenger facilities at Bilbao Airport (code: BIO) consist of a clean, modern three-level terminal building housing 14 gates, a duty-free store, and a half dozen shops and an equal number of eateries, most on the airside. WiFi is available to help pass the time. For additional comfort, economy class passengers can access a private lounge for a fee. See Airport Lounges in the guide below.

Sleeping in Bilbao Airport

bilbao airport guideMost travellers who attempt to spend the night at this airport are doing so to catch an early morning flight. Because the airport terminal closes for the night, travellers spend the night in the lower-level rental car lobby inside the parking garage. The lobby includes benches with armrests and a restroom. As it is attached to the garage, the lobby is known for its cold temperatures, so bring some extra layers or a travel blanket/sleeping bag. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read traveller airport reviews for more tips.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s website for current information. For more airport information, scroll down to explore more in our Bilbao Airport Guide.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hours

The airport is open from 5:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Bilbao Airport:

  • Holiday Inn Express Bilbao Airport – The free shuttle runs every 30 minutes from 5:20 AM to 10:30 PM. The pick-up is on the 3rd floor of the terminal. » Check R es
  • Hotel New Bilbao Airport – Located 500m from the airport. Free airport shuttle is available, but it must be pre-booked. » Check Ra es

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Bilbao Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass, or using a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and learn how to gain access with just an economy class ticket!

  • VIP Lounge – Location: Airside, Mezzanine Level, accessible to passengers with Schengen and Non-Schengen flights. Lounge Access: Pay at the door • Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.

Related Pages: Bilbao Airport Lounges

Drinking Water

Drinking Water – Information is unavailable. Does the airport have water fountains or water bottle refill stations? Click here to update this guide.

Food & Drinks

Food concessions throughout the terminal operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Food options include:

  • Landside: MasQMenos (Floor 1, Arrivals) • Santa Gloria (Floor 3, Departures)
  • Airside: Baker.St (Floor 3, Departures) • Burger King (Floor 3, Departures) • Enrique Tomas • Leku Ona • San Miguel Exploring the World • Starbucks (Floor 3, Departures) • Yandiola (Floor 3, Departures).

Luggage Storage & Lockers

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Mobile Charging

A reader (October 2018) tells us that you will find an area to charge your phone on the landside (to the left in the main hall). On the airside, head to the Tap Station, where you can charge your phone and have something to eat or drink.

Rest & Relaxation Zones

There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.


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Free unlimited WiFi is available at Bilbao Airport. Connect to “AIRPORT FREE WIFI AENA” using your email, Facebook, LinkedIn or AENA Club login information.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so check your bank’s fee schedule and daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Departure Hall, Floor 3 • Arrival Hall, Floor 3 • Arrival Hall, Floor 1.

Children’s Play Area – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the children’s play area. Location: Arrivals Hall, Floor 1.

Duty-Free and Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available airside on Floor 3 (Departures) from 5:45 AM – 9:30 PM. A limited variety of retail shops and newsstands are available both on the landside and the airside on Floor 3, including Hub and Relay convenience shops.

Information Desks – Locations: Floor 1, Baggage Reclaim Hall • Floor 3, Check-In Hall.

Luggage Wrapping – A Safebag luggage wrapping machine is in the Check-In Hall on Floor 3.

Police – Location: unknown

Post Office Box – Location: Floor 3, Landside, Check-in Hall

SIM Cards – A reader tells us, “The best place to get a sim card is in Central Bilbao. You will always pay more at the airport.” (February 2023)

Bilbao Airport is served by the following airlines: Aegean Airlines • Aer Lingus • Air Arabia Maroc • Air Cairo • Air Europa • Air France • Air Nostrum • Brussels Airlines • EasyJet • Eurowings • Iberia • KLM • Lufthansa • Privilege Style • TAP Air Portugal • Transavia • Turkish Airlines • Volotea • Vueling Airlines • Wizz Air Malta.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Bizkaibus Line A3247 connects Bilbao airport to Gran Vía 79, Plaza Moyua Alameda Recalde 11 and the Bus Terminal. The bus leaves the airport every 20 minutes from 6:15  AM to 12:00 PM. The bus fare is €3.00 (€1.14 with Barik card).

The Pesa bus company provides connections between the airport, Zarautz and San Sebastián. The bus fare is €14.80 (Zarautz) and €17.10 (San Sebastián). This service operates daily (except weekends and holidays) from 7:45 AM – 11:45 PM, departing the airport every hour.

Transportation from the airport to Arrasate, Bergara and Eibar. Buses depart from the airport several times a day: 5:15 AM• 8:00 AM • 11:00 AM • 2:00 PM• 5:15 PM • 9:15 PM.

Bus pick-up stops are located at the departure and arrival levels of the airport. For more information, visit the Bilbao Airport website.

Car Rentals

On-site car rental agencies include Avis • Enterprise Rent-A-Car • Europcar • Hertz • Sixt. Location: Car Park P1.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.


Taxis are available at the taxi stand located on the 1st floor, just outside the terminal. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required. At the time of this update, a ride to the city center will cost approximately 24.00€ – 29.00€.

Last updated: 2024-01-30

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers, and their websites. We are not representatives of any of the above-mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.